With 6:01 remaining in the first quarter of Sunday’s game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, Redskins quarterback
Griffin III took off to his right and ducked out of bounds after just five yards.
“I was just getting out of bounds,” Griffin III recalled after the game. “Five yards is fine on any down, so we just want to get ourselves in a good position so I took the liberty of taking a nice stroll to the sidelines.”
The play was just the first of several examples in which the Redskins’ offense adapted to the temporary limitations that Griffin III’s healing knee presented. Instead, Griffin III was satisfied with delivering throws from the pocket and allowing the team’s other playmakers to get large chunks of yardage.
“That’s why they call me quarterback,” Griffin III said. “It’s not abbreviated with a running quarterback before that or whatever else anyone wants to say. They call me quarterback because I lead the team. I’m supposed to go out there and hand the ball off to [
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said he thought Griffin III did an “excellent job” leading the offense after missing last week’s game vs. the Cleveland Browns.
The third-year Redskins coach admitted the Washington offense “did not do everything” it would normally do with Griffin III at 100 percent.
“I did not want to put that pressure on that LCL,” Shanahan said.
Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham said his team knew coming into the game that Griffin III likely wouldn’t be looking to run the ball as much as usual.
“After we saw him the first drive, we said, ‘No, he’s not really trying to run today. All we have to do is stop the run and get after him on the pass,’” Graham said.
Easier said than done.
“It didn’t happen that way, and he gashed us a lot, especially on the pass,” Graham said.
Griffin III completed 16-of-24 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns – an 11-yard play to wide receiver
“[A brace] is going to restrict your motion, so from that my mobility was down a little bit just because of the brace,” Griffin III said. “But at the same time, I was still able to do everything a quarterback is supposed to do.
“It didn’t necessarily slow me down by any means, and I was able to protect myself out there at any time.”
Winners of six straight, the Redskins (9-6) play the Dallas Cowboys (8-7) next Sunday at FedExField in a game that will likely determine the NFC East champion.
Griffin III said he’s happy to be back and battling for his team.
“We’re rolling and we all know that,” he said. “We know that we can win any kind of game and we have to, whether it’s a high-scoring game or a low-scoring game or a gut-wrencher at the end.
“So it’s good to be in this position and we’ve controlled our own destiny since we were 3-6 and we continue to control our destiny until next week.”